Food Pantry Makes Plea For Donations

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Salvation Army Captain Timothy Shaffer says he has never seen the shelves of the food pantry as bare as they are now and it couldn't happen at a worse time - during the summer.
 
"And the kids are home and they're going to want more to eat," said Shaffer.
 
The food pantry normally serves about 130 people a month, including 40 to 45 families.

The pantry has virtually exhausted its supply due to a heavy demand for assistance.

Since February, close to 50 people a week are being fed at the agency's soup kitchen.
 
While some food items are still available through a gleaning program, the agency won't receive any more food through the Food Bank of Central New York until mid-July.
 
Unless the community steps forward with non-perishable donations or financial contributions allowing foods to be purchased locally, Captain Shaffer worries how he is going to help feed Ogdensburg's hungry.
 
"We're just looking for donations of any kind, whether it be perishable, non-perishable or monetary," said  Shaffer.

Adding to the situation is the fact the Ogdensburg agency has only received about half of its allotted funding for through a federal emergency food and shelter program.
 
Salvation Army officials have revised their distribution guidelines and are now only allowing recipients to pick up food once every 60 days.
 
Despite the seriousness of the food pantry shortage, no one is being turned away and are instead being referred to other places for assistance.
 
Food contributions or donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army's offices at 401 Franklin Street.

Call 393-3351 for more information.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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